Contemporary bathroom renovation

Both the bathrooms in this house have been completely renovated to capture a crisp, contemporary feel
Story by: Colleen Hawkes
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For this remodel, the designer specified a glass door with privacy film. This helps to lighten the suite, which includes a dressing area between the bathroom and bedroom.

Bathrooms that are past their use-by date can often benefit from a total remake, where every element is reconsidered to best suit requirements.

Designer Celia Visser was commissioned to undertake such a project for the master and guest bathrooms in this house. The designer says both bathrooms were dated and rather cramped, and were not up to the standard of the rest of the house, which has been extensively renovated.

"The house is modern, with a classical contemporary look, and we wanted the bathrooms to make a similar design statement. It was particularly important to maximize the space and ensure the rooms would not be too cluttered."

To provide continuity, both rooms feature an Ocean Blue travertine marble vanity. Visser says the marble, which matches the interior color scheme throughout the house, was chosen to provide the desired wow factor. It is teamed with a very light olive green lacquer on the vanity cabinetry.


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"Because space was limited, the vanities both have integrated marble trough sinks. This minimizes the number of different materials appearing in the bathrooms, which helps maintain a spacious look.

"Similarly, cantilevering the cabinetry makes the floor area larger."

The two bathrooms are not identical, however. Black tapware and accessories were specified for the master bathroom to provide a point of difference. And the guest bathroom incorporates a freestanding Nova bathtub.

"The original bathroom had a shower over the tub, which the owners did not want," says Visser. "But providing a separate shower meant it was a very tight fit to include the tub there was not much leeway.

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This bathroom was transformed by designer Celia Visser, who rearranged the layout and introduced Ocean Blue travertine marble surfaces. A skylight brings natural light onto the vanity surfaces.

"We ran the marble down one side of the vanity in this bathroom to keep the look clean and tidy."

Ample storage is provided in both rooms, with the guest bathroom incorporating mirrored medicine cabinets that run the length of the room. LED lighting above and below the cabinets washes the walls, creating a floating effect.

The master bathroom has decorative sconces mounted on the large mirror above the vanity. A glass door and new skylight also ensure plenty of natural light floods the room.

Jul 13, 2014

Credit list

Designer
Celia Visser, Celia Visser Design
Cabinetmaker
Laustsen Cabinet Makers
Tapware
Mare Black from Plumbline
Lighting
Eurohaus from Lighthouse
Bathtub
Nova from Plumbline
Tapware
Milano; Cascade 3 bath spout from Plumbline
Toilet
Sfera 52 from Plumbline
Floor and wall tiles
Travertino White by Independent Ceramics
Accessories
Plumbline
Builder
M3 Construction
Basin
Travertine Ocean Blue
Floor and wall tiles
Travertino White by Independent Ceramics
Accessories
Metro from Metrix
Basin
Travertine Ocean Blue by SCE Stone & Design
Shower fittings
Milano; Soho from Plumbline
Towel rail
Siroco by DC Short
Lighting
Eurohaus from Lighthouse
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